Henry Clay 30K MTB

Kirk Morrison and Rich Allen traveled down past Morgantown to Coopers Rock State Park for the Henry Clay 30K Mtb XC race ...with the following Results:

10th Place - Rich Allen

11th Place - Kirk Morrison
Kirk Writes:
The weather was great with partial clouds and temperatures in the low 70’s for the noon start. This race is put on by Gunnar and Betsy Shogren who did a super job at organization.  This was a super race with pizza and pop at the finish. Thanks to Gunnar, Betsy and the rest of their volunteers !

Rich and I both competed in the Men Sport Master (45+) category. The course was fairly fast with some tight single track and a few rocky climbs.  Unfortunately, I had an early spill shortly after our race group funneled into the first trail section.

This was my first “mass start” XC race and I obviously need to work on my ability to ride in a tight group, at speed, over rocky, rooted trails. After picking myself up, I lost about 15 places as I waited for a break in the line of racers to allow me to jump back in.

From there I worked my way back up through the group only to discover that Rich had flatted at about the halfway point. I stopped to give him a “Big Air” canister (he had used up his little CO2 cartridge) and continued. Rich repaid my kindness by passing me a few miles later and giving me a rabbit to chase for several miles!!!

Attached is a pic of the WVMBA flat screen monitor which provides an instantaneous race results status. Very cool.

1 comment:

stiCk said...

Very cool! Great Pics too! Too bad about your fork breaking Kirk. Looks pretty serious. What kind of bike are you on Richy??